Energy Goes Where the Attention Flows

I stumbled upon this quote and it really stuck with me — “Energy goes where the attention flows”. In the past year, this past month especially, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my priorities.

I challenge you to write out your priorities and for the next week document how much time you spend working on them versus the habits that you are trying to phase out (e.g. over-thinking, excessive social media, watching tv). Conceptualizing how much time you spend doing what allows you to evaluate how you spend your days.

We are creatures of habit; we give our time and attention to the things that matter most. Changing your mindset and creating positive habits will only benefit you. Next time you find yourself stuck with anxiety, over-thinking, procrastinating or just in a bad mindset, remind yourself that energy goes where the attention flows. The longer you spend in that negative mindset, the more energy you waste. Take that energy and expend it into something positive.

 

Featured Image by the talented Daniel Watts, he is also on Instagram.

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Be The Change Charities

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The Mission

We are a group of positive, conscious artists who share a belief in the good of humanity. Our main goal is to fund-raise in support of international relief projects. We also connect our combined networks to broadcast crucial information about the issues affecting our planet and shine a light on the needs of activists in the field.

Our Work

In the past ten years, through your generous support and Project Earth Festival, Be the Change has raised over $500,000 for the various organizations we sponsor.  Thank you!

Be the change you want to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

Get Involved. Get Educated. Get Transformed.

You can be apart of the change. Learn more and donate at bethechangecharities.org

Jumping Through Hoops Can Actually be a Good Thing — 5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Hula-Hooping Today

Hula-Hooping is a popular hobby amongst people of all ages and sizes worldwide. It has exploded in the last few years and is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits.  Here are the 5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Hula-Hooping Today:

  1. Fitness

    Within a few minutes of hooping, your heart rate increases which will burn fat and support weight loss over time. Plus, you can do it anywhere, anytime, no gym necessary!

  2. It helps you to remain playful and childlike

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

-George Bernard Shaw

Hula-hoops are toys, taking time to play and focus on dancing and tricks has many positive benefits; so, rediscover the simple life by playing with a hula-hoop!

3. Increased Balance and Muscle Memory

Hula-hoopers are always learning new tricks and improving our muscle memory. By doing so, we are growing our neuroplasticity, thus not only strengthening our bodies but also our brains. You will notice an increase in your balance and awareness of your 3-D space very almost immediately— I love watching my old videos and seeing my improvement!

4. Stress Reducer

Hoopers worldwide can agree that hooping is therapeutic. Finding that flow state of mind is truly special. You can feel the endorphins pumping through your body during and after a good hoop session. With high endorphin levels, we feel fewer negative effects of stress.

5. Party Tricks

After a lot of practice, patience, and a little bravery, you can pull off some cool tricks and stunts. Practicing with your hoop will pay off!

 

I hope this article inspires you to pick up a hula-hoop. Follow my Instagram @julianneflows for some additional inspiration and I’ll give you a follow back!

 

 

 

 

Positive Habits Tracker

For me, there is a huge satisfaction when creating and checking things off my to-do list. The act of thinking of the tasks, drawing the list, and prioritizing forces you to process the information and get it done. In fact, studies show that taking notes long-hand allows you to remember information better versus just hearing or seeing it.

This morning, in addition to my daily agenda, I wrote up a daily habit tracker for the next 21 days. I decided to focus on two areas: personal and professional growth. For some other ideas, you can focus on health, social media, fitness, cleaning, blogging, or business.

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To create your own, think of some positive habits you’d like to adopt. For some inspiration, check out my ideas here—I’ll be adding more as they come to mind. Then, create a grid or use a quad-ruled notebook (I picked mine up from target). I suggest starting with 21 or 30 days because it takes at least 21 days to make or break a habit!

Adding positive habits forces you to go into a value-creation mode.  I hope you find this article inspirational. Comment your positive habit ideas below! It is all about the small changes.

 

The Power of Self-Expression

Self-expression is defined as: “the expression or assertion of one’s own personality, as in conversation, behavior, poetry, or painting.”

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Self-expression is a release and a form of mediation. You are uncovering your soulful power from within. It is truly a natural form of therapy.

I conducted an interview with three people for their input on the power of self-expression:

The first interviewee is a woman currently student-teaching, on her way to be a teacher. (She prefers to stay anonymous online because of her career).

What does self-expression mean to you?

L: “Self-expression is a way to show yourself and others the magic you are made of. It is also a way to release any energy you have stored – negative or positive. It’s a way to transmute negative energy into art, as well. Self-expression is about individuality as well as community…it allows us to attract the souls that resonate with our own. Through styles of food, clothing, meditation, art, traditions, language, etc., we are able to connect with the world around us. By listening to our spirit in our endeavor to self-express, we are better able to attract and manifest what we want in life.”

How do you reach the self-expression flow? Is it easy for you to find?

L: “Flow is about releasing energy. You have an idea in your mind – you go to work – you create it and it becomes reality. Or, you have emotions blocked up, perhaps are harboring something dark in your spirit…you can transmute those feelings through some sort of movement or task. Or perhaps you’re full of elation and bliss – that calls for a release of energy too! Either way, flow is therapeutic.

Turn on some tunes and move freely to the rhythm. Or find something to create with your hands. Cook, make music, do something exhilarating or exciting. But stray away from resorting to hurtful actions or painful flow (violence, harsh words) to release your negative energy. Love and art will set you free.

For me, it’s easy to find flow because I was never closed off from it. I know when it’s time to get up and dance or make something…I listen to my soul when it feels it needs to release energy. When I get an idea or when I have emotions that are trying to escape, I simply let it flow. I never fight the flow. I embrace it.”

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The second interviewee is Nick. He is an aspiring neuroscientist and a classically trained musician.

What does self-expression mean to you? 

Nick: “The way I look at self-expression is putting the lock in the key … kind of like flow. No matter what it is that you are doing, you are doing it your way. To me, it is akin to being comfortable in one’s skin. It is the combination of morals, beliefs, desires, etc that most natural drive a person in the present moment.”

What is your favorite way to express yourself? 

Nick: “Anytime I sit down to jam on some instruments or playing music for others.”

How often do you need to Express yourself?

Nick: “Every single day.”

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The third interviewee is Brenna, she is currently earning her masters in psychology.

What does self-expression mean to you?

Brenna: “Therapy. Self-expression is essential to mental/emotional/physical health. Taking even ten minutes out of every day to yourself is important. There are so many emotions/events that can affect your mental health in everyday life. Sometimes we don’t have anyone to talk to, sometimes we don’t know how to talk about it, sometimes we don’t want to talk about it, sometimes we aren’t even sure what/how/why we’re feeling the way we are. However, it needs to come out. With expression, we are free to feel however we want. We are able to use our entire self in every aspect to organize, understand, and let out our feelings in a constructive and beautiful way.

Self-expression is my purpose in life, my reason for living, and my motivation to share it with the world.”

How often do you need to express yourself?

Brenna: “I express every single day. Some days more than others. Like I previously stated, it is important to take even the smallest amount of time you can, to care for yourself.  Whether it be hooping, painting, yoga, or simply sitting with my plants (I might also talk to them) and drinking coffee, I need to express.

As someone with anxiety, hooping has acted as a lifeline for me on more than one occasion. It has helped me pull together everything bottled up, and channel it into something I have control over. I believe so strongly in expression, I am going to school for art therapy. I want other people to realize there is help. There is a better way.”

 

How do express you yourself? Do you think self-expression is necessary on a daily basis? I hope this article inspires you to let that creativity flow.

 

 

15 Ways to Start Your Blogging Flow

Blogging every day has posed two challenges for me, finding the time and finding the flow. However, it is moreso the latter; I’ve found that these things can help find that flow:

  1. Taking a walk
  2. Blocking out one hour to blogging: put away your phone, close other tabs and just concentrate
  3. Listen to motivational podcasts episodes
  4. Daily Content/ Article Consumption
  5. Read for 30 minutes
  6. Yoga sequence — check out this one to spark creativity.
  7. Watching Ted Talks episodes
  8. Practicing mindfullness and being present with affirmations and mantras (check out these motivational Mantras).
  9. TAKE A HIKE — spending time in nature always gives me creativity
  10. Vist other blogs
  11. Brainstorm the theme— What are your categories? What are some reoccuring topic you write about? What are the most popular topics? Can you expand on them?
  12. Go for a drive or a bus ride to somewhere new
  13. Document your progress and plans for the future
  14. Listen to a music album you’ve never heard before
  15. Spend time doing one of your hobbies; pick up that paintbrush, basketball, or go for a run, whatever brings you happiness while help get those creative juices flowing!

Get over your fear of shipping and go with what comes to mind. Find what inspires you and always remember to trust your intiution.

 

Results of my Instagram Giveaway Contest

At the beginning of February, I ran my first Instagram giveaway for my Etsy with five other shops. I’ve seen a lot of small businesses do this to boost their engagement; so, I figured I’d try.

Why do a social media giveaway?

Social media giveaways incentivize people to follow you, increase engagement and followers, and may increase your sales. You can do this alone or with other businesses that complement your niche.

I chose to do a co-promotion giveaway. This way, we could multiply our audiences and promote each other’s small business. We chose a theme together and contributed something from our shops: there was a tie-dye bodysuit, a rose quartz necklace, a hula-hoop, a crystal choker necklace, and mine was an essential oil diffuser necklace and earring set with ylang-ylang essential oil.

 

Overall Gain

During the giveaway, I’ve netted 70 new followers. These were also real accounts that fall into my typical customer personas. I also noticed an influx of my likes on my photos. I was hoping for more followers, but I’m happy with the results for my first try.

What I learned

Everyone loves freebies, doing a giveaway challenge is a sweet way grow your business and support other businesses as well. I think there is potential to grow your businesses with these and maintain follower loyalty.

If I have the supplies and the time, I hope to do these bi-monthly.

What I would do differently next time

  • When doing a co-promotion, I would do 4, maybe 5 shops max. Given that there were 6 of us, I think people were less likely to enter.
  • I would promote it more: before, during, and after. I believe that we all could have done a better job.
  • Complimentary niches versus the same business: Given that there were 3 jewelry businesses, I think it was overkill. I would not do a giveaway with another jewelry business unless we had completely different styles.